Back to work

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Our laptop is quite old now, and a bit too heavy to work with on my lap. But while I was waiting for my Covid test result to *not* come in (and to see if they would let me into the hospital), I really didn’t feel like opening up the…

Plodding along

Image by 🎄Merry Christmas 🎄 from Pixabay Apologies for going AWOL for a few days. I’ve been plodding along, working steadily, and then by the end of each day, I’ve realised I haven’t blogged yet – usually right after switching everything off. We had the entire weekend off. The only errand I had to run…

Getting on with it

Photo by freestocks on Unsplash Yesterday was a long day, but despite not managing any writing, it was a productive day all the same. Ghostwriting The ghostwriting revisions took much longer than I would like, and as I’m not paid for that part of the job, I need to reduce the possibility of it happening…

War of the antiviruses

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay I had a good day on Tuesday, I finished the pdf edits for the proofreading job and sent that back to the client. By return, she asked for my invoice, which I sent, also by return. The next job should have been editing, but I was distracted. While I…

Wednesday writing prompt

Image by shedreamsinpink from Pixabay Okay, this one’s a good one … or I think it is at least. Fifty years ago next year, on 24 January 1972, a Second World War Japanese soldier was found hiding on Guam, an island in the North Pacific. There is so much information available about this event if you…

Slow n steady

Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay I had a slow and steady day yesterday. I didn’t get everything done that I wanted to, but I did get through quite a lot of stuff anyway. I had dinner at my desk, and I finished work at about 6pm. Just in time for tea. Proofreading I finished the…

Busy bee … again!

Friday was a very, very busy day. The biggest job was the ghostwriting gig, as the first instalment needed to be in by the end of the day. However, I like to take a bit of a break in between chapters, and so I alternated between writing and proofreading. The other big job was the…

Snow!

I was very happy when we got up on Thursday morning to see that the snow I’d ordered, and had been promised, for about the past 3 weeks, had finally arrived. It looked very lovely, and it continued to snow for the rest of the day. I’ve had a good and solid working week, plodding…

Historical accuracy in novels

Image by Michael Drummond from Pixabay When I was learning how to write, fiction and non-fiction, I was taught to always ensure that my facts were correct, as there will always be someone who knows, and there will always be someone who complains if there’s a mistake. When I was training to be a broadcast…

Wednesday writing prompts

Image by Marc Pascual from Pixabay Forty years ago yesterday, on 12 January 1981, Dynasty aired for the first time. This had me looking for pictures I could use from the show, but of course, they’re all copyright protected. What the search did bring up was lots of Chinese images. And that reminded me that in…

Crowded lakeside

Image by Robert Balog from Pixabay On Saturday we popped to one of our local parks to partake in our daily (dog) exercise. It’s a newish park that has a lovely walk around a massive lake. We knew it would be busy, but we didn’t think there would be a load of idiots there too….

Where is the snow?

Image by Tomasz Proszek from Pixabay We were promised snow on Friday. Heavy snow. All day. We woke up and it wasn’t even raining. To say I was disappointed was an understatement. I was looking forward to walking the dog in the snow. Before closing everything down on Thursday, an editing job came in from…

Frost

Image by Susanne Jutzeler, suju-foto from Pixabay Yesterday we awoke to a beautiful frosty day. When I got up to let the dog out first thing, I glanced out across the fields at the back of our house to see a ground-hugging mist. By the time we made it to the breakfast table, the mist…

One step forward …

Image by happyveganfit from Pixabay … one step back. Or that’s how it feels at times. Yesterday didn’t start as well as the day before, but the day before was better than the day before that. If that’s the theme, then today will be better than yesterday. Fingers crossed! I had a bad night, to the…

A better day

I had a much better day yesterday. 10-project planner Once I’d written yesterday’s blog, which was 1,293 words before I even started anything else, I moved on to my 10-project planner to add in all the projects I’m working on first. These are: ghostwriting gig (63,000 words in total, 40,000 for January) The Beast Within…

National lockdown, again

Image by J Garget from Pixabay I didn’t have a great start to the new year. I was busy all day, yet I don’t appear to have got anything done. And then, of course, came the news. National lockdown Not that a national lockdown changes anything much for me. But if the poet gets furloughed…

Welcome, 2021

Happy New Year to everyone! Let’s hope we kick this virus in 2021, so that life can return to normal. I had a lovely long Christmas holiday, almost three whole weeks in the end. And while we were still very busy, I also did quite a lot of navel-gazing. I’ve been cogitating over the way…

Ducks in a row

Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay So I’ve been spending the past few days planning for the new year. I did very well this year in that I was able to complete all of my outstanding work in good time to take the whole of the Christmas period off, for a change. But that, of…

New! Writing prompts

Image by adriankirby from Pixabay I’m slap bang in the middle of planning work for next year, both for the blog and for my workload. But I wanted to test-run a new feature on the blog. One of my most popular blog topics has always been the one about ideas, so I’m going to introduce…

When the work dries up …

… diversify. Looking back at 2020, a lot of us have seen major changes. I think lockdown was the biggest challenge for many. For people like me, who work from home and hardly see anyone from one day to the next, lockdown wasn’t that big a deal. I had the poet home with me while…